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Red Cherry Shrimp Wild Ride and Outdoor Platy Update


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I’m still a bit stunned. I came back inside from looking in on our outside fish and noticed two dark objects bouncing around in the flow of the uplift tube from the undergravel filter in our 5 gallon tank. Now….. from time to time, gunk has accumulated in the tube and will come if in sheets that can be about the size of a small leaf. But I kept looking at these…. they didn’t seem to be appearing smaller and then larger as usual. (When you see the sheet of gunk from the side it appears much smaller….) After about thirty seconds I realized that there were two inch long cherry shrimp in there. (Both female.) Now, I had worried about cherry shrimp in our other filter being drawn in through the intake tube, but never imagined one (much less two) would be stuck in the uplift tube.

I carefully pulled the tube loose and they both seem alive (!) I don’t know how (or when they managed to get in. I suppose they could have climbed in at the top the last time the power was out and the tube was quiet. I’m amazed they’re still alive.

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May 22, 2011 - 8:41 PM No Comments

Platy Fry Sexual Maturity


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Well…. I’ve already updated this on the platy fry post, but…. in looking at our oldest tank of fry. They’re now almost 2 months old. (Born 2-19-11) They’re still quite small fish and all look female at this point. There is an adult male in with them and today I noticed that they must be looking good to him because he’s starting to behave a little different around them, sidling up next to them much the way I saw Mickey court a couple fish….

So, as I’m reading it looks as though most people say that platies reach sexual maturity at around 3-4 months. I’ve seen one account suggesting as young as 2 months. I’m not sure how precise these counts are. We may get to pin down an exact threshold though because I’ve seen 23-25 day gestation periods with the mother platy at this point. What to do….

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April 14, 2011 - 7:55 PM No Comments

Platy Fry! (Again)


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Okay – yesterday Billie was looking quite plump. Starting to look a bit squared. I really was expecting another week yet based on when she and Mickey were first together, but…. This morning we had fry. When I first got up and looked, she looked a bit thinner than yesterday. I looked and looked and finally found a little baby fry zipping around. We had either 4 or 5. Twice I thought I was able to count 5 in the tank. This evening I’ve only been able to spot 3 at a time. We do have a lot of plant cover including some floating water sprite which they’re currently hunkered down in. mom looks thinner, but…. still a bit plump. I’m suspecting there may be a few more fry to drop.

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February 19, 2011 - 10:11 PM No Comments

Pregnant Platy Burst


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Can a pregnant platy really burst? Sadly, Yes.

Well for several weeks we’ve known our twin bar platy “Mrs. Fish” was pregnant. We had moved hte other fish to leave her alone in the 5 gallon thinking that after the birth she could move out and her fry could inhabit the 5 gallon until we replace it. The last week or so she’s of course gotten bigger and the last dya or two I thought it really could be any day. You hear people saying their platy is getting so big they think it could burst but you rarely see anyone saying that they really did burst. Well, this morning looking int he tank I see a bunch of eggs hanging out the side of Mrs. Fish and she is struggling to stay alive. Her lower abdomen has given way. I don’t see any fry alive at the moment. I don’t think there is anything I could have done. (I tried a water change two nights ago to see if I could induce birth, but if they’re still eggs that wouldn’t make a difference.) Very sad.

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February 5, 2011 - 10:46 AM Comments (2)

Baby Platy Fry


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The first part of this is taken from my “Why are my plants melting” post and updates…

1-7-11 – 10:30pm
Well, I was starting to vacuum the gravel and caught sight of a little white flake of food floating up towards the siphon when it suddenly darted down…. we have babies. I saw 4 at one time and then a 5th being born and there still seem to be a few to go (at least.) Snoopy, our red wag (red-orange body with black tail and fins) is giving birth. She had been a bit cranky the last week or so chasing the other two around (a bit moreso today it seemed.) She is the one I suspected was pregnant just based on her size. We added Mickey (a male) into the tank on Tuesday December 21st. Prior to that Snoopy had been a solitary female since around this time last year I believe (I’ll have to look back, but I think she may have been in there a bit longer.)

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January 8, 2011 - 12:40 PM No Comments